Grant Earns Second Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week Honor
Nov. 9, 2015
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Junior Janarion Grant (Trilby, Fla.) of the Rutgers football team was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season, the conference office announced Monday. The wide receiver and returner posted a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown, the longest by a visiting player at Michigan Stadium since 1934, and later a 67-yard punt return that setup a field goal last Saturday at Michigan.
Grant also earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 14 after scoring a pair of touchdowns off a kickoff and punt return against Washington State. It is his third weekly honor overall, as he previously won American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week Sept. 23, 2013 after totaling 106 yards on four punt returns against Arkansas, including a 58-yard touchdown return in the third quarter. Rutgers has picked up six weekly awards from the Big Ten since joining the league last season.
• Leads Big Ten and tied for first in the nation with three kickoff return touchdowns this season (most by a Big Ten player in a year since 2006 according to BTN Stats). Has 808 yards on kickoff returns, fourth in a single season in RU history.
• Second in the league with a 26.1 average on kickoff returns and third in the Big Ten with 131.9 all-purpose yards per game.
• Second in the nation with 949 combined kick return yards.
• Had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Michigan Stadium, the longest by a visiting player since 1934 (BTN Stats). Added a 67-yard punt return, the longest by a player in a Big Ten game this year. Totaled 263 all-purpose yards against the Wolverines.
• Set the school record for kickoff return yards at 2,065 with 102 at Wisconsin. Needed 83 returns to set the mark, eight fewer than the Terrell Willis (2,063 from 1993-95). Currently has 2,235 on 88 attempts.
• Has 342 career punt return yards, needing 11 to tie for 10th in school history.
• Set a school record mark with 337 yards versus Washington State (195 kickoff return, 65 receiving, 56 punt return, 21 rushing).
• Returned both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown versus Washington State, the first Rutgers player to do both in the same game in the modern era.
• Has six career touchdowns on special teams (four kickoff return, two punt return).
• Owns six career kick returns of at least 70 yards.
• Has a team-leading 21 plays gaining at least 20 yards this year (15 kickoff return, three receiving, two punt return, one rushing), with four going for touchdowns. Recorded 67 such plays in his career, totaling 34 in 2014 and 12 in 2013.
Rutgers (3-6, 1-5) returns to action Saturday at High Point Solution Stadium against Nebraska (4-6, 2-4). The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network.
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